'Delay in coal supply scuttling power projects'

Addressing a press meet here on Saturday, the minister said the Union Government had been supplying coal to 43 private entities but was delaying the supply to State’s power projects.

“Preparations are on to acquire requisite land for a power project in Chhattisgarh. The plan is going off the schedule due to delay in supply of coal. Repeated requests in this regard have been in vain. The Central Government should accord priority to the state-owned enterprises,” she said.

Power shortage

Karandlaje said 1,300 MW power was being purchased to tide over the shortage in the State this year.  The quantum of purchase would come down as the generation would go up by 1,500 MW next year.

Fourteen taluks would get power under the ‘Nirantara Jyoti’ scheme. The consumption for domestic and irrigation pumpsets (IP)  installations will be monitered separately. Meters need to be installed for IP sets since there is no quantification of the free power being supplied. Further steps would be taken after talks with the Raitha Sangha, she said.

The minister, who also holds additional charge of Food and Civil Supplies Department, said the LPG consumers who haven’t submitted the RR number of their electrical installation still had time to comply with.

Of the 72 lakh LPG consumers in the State, 20 lakh have not furnished the documents and a list of such consumers will be put on the department’s website.

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